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Aroldis Chapman, newly acquired by the Evil Empire of the Bronx, has finally been hit with a suspension of 30 games. He was allegedly involved in an incident during October with his girlfriend, but never actually hit her, police reports confirm. This raises the question of “should he be suspended?”
According to ESPN, Chapman released a statement saying, “I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry.” WOW! Talk about being a man. It could have been easy to react the opposite way and drag his feet through the appeals process, but he didn’t. Chapman went on to later say that he wants to minimize distractions for his team and his family.
Respect to the MLB for having the sense to hand down a severe penalty to nip this problem before it gets out of hand or becomes a trend. Baseball has made an example out of Chapman so that everyone knows this is unacceptable. Also, respect to Aroldis Chapman for being a man, saying sorry, and taking the penalty. I think this was a situation that could have gotten out of control, and instead it shows how baseball just breeds class when compared to some of the other larger sports organizations.
How many times do you see the NFL let things go or reduce someones suspension from indefinitely to two games? If you ask me, the NFL as a league and as individuals need to take a look at how this incident was handled. Chapman will lose $1.8 million dollars in salary during the 30 games. Sometimes it’s not about the money, it’s about doing what is right.
– R. Ilardi